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The Role of Courts in Protecting the Rule of Law: A Cross Cu

Role of Courts in Protecting the Rule of Law: A Cross Cultural Conversation Between the Senior Judge of Supreme Court of India and the Chief Administrative Judge for the State of New York

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Format: In-Person 

Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 Non-Members


Join the New York City Bar for a discussion about the role of the judiciary in India and the United States in upholding the rule of law and advancing individual rights. The Hon. Ushir Pandit-Durant, who made history as the first South Asian judge elected to New York State Supreme Court in Queens and the first South Asian woman judge elected in New York State, will moderate a discussion about these important issues with two path-breaking judges in their own right:  Judge Joseph Zayas, who rose from a public housing project in West Harlem to become the first Latino judge to serve as Chief Administrative Judge, and Justice Bhushan Ramakrishna Gavai, who is in line to become the second Dalit Chief Justice of India.

Introductory Remarks:
Prof. Kabir A.N. Duggal, Columbia Law School

Hon. Ushir Pandit-Durant, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court

Hon. Joseph A. Zayas, Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York
Justice Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai, Future Dalit Chief Justice of India

Sponsoring Committee:
Asian Affairs, Dih-Lin Wong, Chair

Cosponsoring Committees:
Council on Judicial Administration, Fran Hoffinger, Chair
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyers, Chair
International Law, Victoria Pochtar, Chair

State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, Amy Carlin, Chair
Task Force on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, Christopher Pioch, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers, Inc.
New York-London Arbitration
Columbia International Arbitration Association
Center for International Commercial & Investment Arbitration
American Review of International Arbitration
Asian American Bar Association of New York

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